Towers on the Park

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Corner of Deans Ave. & Kilmarnock St., Christchurch, Christchurch-Canterbury, 8011, New Zealand
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driving from christchurch to queenstown


we are travelling to NZ arriving christchurch13th August late nite and then flying out 18th early morning. We want to spend most time in queenstown but the airfare being almost double we are flying in and out of christchurch. Is it a east drive from christchurch to queenstown and back??/

Re: driving from christchurch to queenstown

by TheWanderingCamel

It takes a good 7 -8 hours to drive from Christchurch to Queenstown, on good but sometimes narrow and winding roads. You can take some different routes, so could vary your journey and do a little sightseeing on the way there and back but whichever way you did it, you will only have 2 days in Queenstown given the dates of your arrival and departure.

Re: driving from christchurch to queenstown

by Kakapo2

At this time of the year it can be difficult to drive, as there might be snow and ice on the roads - that is what we have at the moment.

Cheap flights are not available anymore for the time you travel - and you cannot really risk to fly back on the day before your departure from Christchurch, as flights out of Queenstown frequently get cancelled or delayed due to the weather. The airport, surrounded by high mountains, is difficult to start and land at.

So, as the Wandering Camel already said, you will not have more than two days in Queenstown.

I do not want to be a spoil sport but with just four days on your hand, I would consider a completely different itinerary and activities, so you would not spend two full days on the road between Christchurch and Queenstown and back.

Safe winter activities from Chch would be:

TranzAlpine train trip to Greymouth, from there travel down to the glaciers and back (no snow and ice on the West Coast roads)

TranzCoastal train trip to Kaikoura/Picton and back

They have winter special for the trains.

And if the weather is good you could still hire a car for day trips to Arthurs Pass and Hanmer Springs where you could soak in the hot mineral pools.

The best thing I can recommend you - and not give up your Queenstown plans/dreams - would be to not book anything until a few days before your arrival, check the weather forecast, and if the road conditions are good you can either drive to Queenstown and back by rental car or by bus (InterCity, NakedBus, MagicBus, etc.).

The most difficults stretches to drive are from Fairlie to Lake Tekapo and from Cromwell to Queenstown. Plus, there is Lindis Pass between Omarama and Tarras where you often get snow...

If you want to fly you would indeed have to fork out nearly NZ$ 1000 for two people. And return a day earlier, as you cannot risk to miss your flight out of Christchurch - which would leave you only one day in Queenstown...

Travel Tips for Christchurch

The architecture

by kris-t

I have head that Cristchurch is a mostly English New Zealand town.... Its architecture is interesting very mush for me.
It's the Sigh og the Takahe, one of a chain of rest houses planned by Harry Ell forhis Summit Road walkway.

Statues (8): Captain Scott

by Kakapo2

The statue of Captain Robert Falcon Scott is located opposite the Our City O-Tautahi Exhibition, on the banks of the Avon, corner Oxford Terrace & Worcester Boulevard. I was mostly surprised to find out that the artist who created it was Captain Scott’s widow, Lady Kathleen Scott, and that it is unfinished.

As Christchurch was the New Zealand base for the British Antarctic expeditions in 1901 and 1910 (and the Port of Lyttelton still is the port of the ships heading for the Antarctic), it is the appropriate place for this statue. News of the death of Scott and his companions did not reach Christchurch until 11 February, 1913. The voyage had reached the South Pole on 25 January 1912. Due to bad weather Scott and his party were unable to reach the next supplies base and died of starvation on the way back.

After the news of Scott’s dead had broken in Christchurch a memorial fund was set up, and the city contacted Lady Scott, a sculptor who had been married to Captain Scott since 1908. She agreed to create a sculpture of her husband. Work did not start until 1915, and by then the bronze she had intended to use was needed for making armament, as World War I had started in 1914. So Lady Scott used white Carrara marble instead.

She portrayed Captain Scott in polar dress, facing north on the homeward journey when death overtook him and his companions. On the plinth the names are inscribed along with an extract of Captain Scott's last note as he awaited death. It reads:
“I do not regret this journey which shows that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another and meet death with as great fortitude as ever in the past.”

To avoid damage to the raised hand and a leg of the sculpture, it was transported to NZ incomplete. However negotiations broke down over the increased cost of creating the statue in marble and Lady Scott (later Lady Kennet) did not travel to Chch before her death in 1947, aged 69, so the statue, unveiled on 9 February 1917, was not finished by her.

Horse races

by Kakapo2

New Zealanders love horse racing and betting on horses. There are two big race courses in Christchurch with races year-round. The biggest harness and gallops races take place during Cup and Show Week in November, and those are really fun days out. Read more about this on my tips about Local Customs.

Harness (and greyhound) races take place in Addington, gallops in Riccarton.

Race schedule for Addington on

More info: Watching the horse races does not mean that you have to show up in your best and fanciest clothes and - women - spectacular hats. You can even bring a blanket to sit on the lawn and a big chilly bin with food and drinks and have a nice picknick. Of course, you can purchase hotdogs and champagne on the racecourses as well. In good weather conditions do not forget sun cream and/or umbrellas.

Windy point

by TheWanderingCamel

Right at the northern tip of Lyttleton Harbour, the high cliffs and open spaces of Godley Head offer wonderful views across to the Port Hills and the quaintly named hamlet of Taylors Mistake. (Who was Taylor and what did he get wrong? It seems he was a sea captain who mistook the little cove for the vastly bigger Lyttleton Harbour - quite some mistake!). Beyond the high hills you can see the long spit that shelters the Avon esturay from the Pacific. New Brighton's Rockinghorse Road (another cute name) runs right down the spine of the spit.

Godley Head itself is popular with walkers and there are several well-marked trails within the reserve. On a fine day, it makes a great picnic spot but it is very exposed and can be very wild and windy. Right out at the end you'll find relics of New Zealand's wartime defence system - a coastal defence battery, now an important heritage site. Two of the five gun emplacements are open to visitors. Bring a torch if you want to explore the blasting tunnels.

To get there by car, either take the Evans Pass Road out of Sumner or Summit Road from Lyttleton. It's about 10km from Lyttleton to the far end of the Head, the views are great all the way

Public transport is only available as far as Sumner and Lyttelton - a fair hike whichever you choose..

Get the Metro card!

by knerten

One of the first things to do is to get the Metro card, or bus card. Normally, a one-way fare costs 2$, with the card (which is free) it's only 1.50. In any case, you have 2 hours and an unlimited number of transfers within those 2 hours. To collect the card, go to the bus exchange (bus station), fill in a form, pay a minimum of $10 to load the card, that's it. The only obstacle is that you need to provide a photo id and a mailing address, but if you're for a while that should not be a problem. The card has a magnetic strip on it, which you place on the card reader in the bus, and your fare is automatically deducted. It also keeps track of your transfers within the 2 hour limit, so no additional fare is deducted. You can top up the card at the bus exchange or with any driver. The nice thing when you want to go somewhere when your balance gets close to zero, say you only have 0.50 left on your card, is that you can still use it once, but your balance is then -1.00, and next time you really must top it up.
Practically all bus stops have a map and schedule of all routes passing this particular stop. In addition, some stops have either a fixed display, or a push-button display showing when the next bus and/or route arrives. Buses run all day, 7 days a week, every 10-15 mins during peak time, so usually, during the week, there's no need to know the schedule ahead, just check at the bus stop display how long you have to wait. However, you may want to remember which bus takes you where, but once you have that figured out, it's a breeze.
The bus routes are quite extensive, and well interlinked, so I haven't had and you shouldn't either have any problems getting to the sights you want to see by bus.


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